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Saussure and his Interpreters$
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Roy Harris

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780748613083

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613083.001.0001

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Bloomfield's Saussure

Bloomfield's Saussure

(p.59) Chapter Four Bloomfield's Saussure
Saussure and his Interpreters

Roy Harris

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses Leonard Bloomfield's view on Ferdinand de Saussure's linguistic ideas. Bloomfield, one of the most influential figures in American linguistics in the first half of the twentieth century, believed that Saussure's Course in General Linguistics provided us with the theoretical basis for a science of human speech, but found no originality in his thinking. Bloomfield argued that Saussure's contribution lay in his systematisation of ideas, which had previously been ‘here and there fragmentarily expressed’.

Keywords:   Leonard Bloomfield, Ferdinand de Saussure, interpretation, General Linguistics, linguistics, human speech, systematisation of ideas

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